Before the three major Allies came together for what proved to be their final conclave at Potsdam, their deputies, Messrs Eden, Molotov and Stettinius, had an opportunity to exchange views in the United States. The occasion for these contacts was the United Nations Conference held at San Francisco.✳ Stalin’s willingness to accept United States proposals about this conference, and to concede some ground on the issue of U.N. voting procedures, had been a source of great satisfaction to the Americans at Yalta.† But in the increasingly gloomy atmosphere of Western-Soviet relations which followed the Crimean Conference, doubts appeared about the whole-heartedness of Soviet participation in the United Nations Organization. In March 1945 negotiations over Poland were deadlocked, Soviet intervention in Rumania’s domestic affairs had become quite blatant and Russian pressure on Turkey had added a new and unwelcome factor to the politics of the Eastern Mediterranean.‡ It was also announced that M. Molotov would not attend the proposed U.N. Conference at San Francisco, even though both his Western colleagues were clearly pledged to do so.
KeywordsPrime Minister Peace Treaty Soviet Policy British Prime Minister American Delegation
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